Windham-Campbell Prize 2024 recipients announced

Windham-Campbell Prize 2024 recipients announced

m. nourbeSe Philip, Christina Sharpe, and Hanif Abdurraqib are among the recipients of the Windham-Campbell Prize 2024 announced on Tuesday, March 2, 2024.  

The Windham-Campbell Prize was established with a gift from the late Donald Windham in memory of his partner of 40 years, Sandy M. Campbell in 2013.  Recipients of the award, administered by the Beinecke Rare Book and the Manuscript Library at Yale University, write in the English language and may live in any part of the world.

African winners have been Aminatta Forna (2014), Teju Cole, Helon Habila, and Ivan Vladislavić (2015), Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (2018), Kwame Dawes (2019), and Namwali Serpell (2020). 2021 was a bumper year for writers of African descent with Nathan Alan Davis, Michael R. Jackson, Dionne Brand, Renee Gladman, and Canisia Lubrin winning. For 2022, writers of African descent were Tsitsi Dangarembga, Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu, Margo Jefferson, Emmanuel Iduma, Winsome Pinnock, and Sharon Bridgforth. The winners in 2023 were Percival Everett, Dominique Morisseau, Jasmine Lee-Jones, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

The Windham-Campbell Prizes 2023 recipients of African descent, each receiving a $175,000 cash award, to support their work are: –  

  • m. nourbeSe Philip (Poetry)
  • Christina Sharpe (Nonfiction)
  • Hanif Abdurraqib (Nonfiction)

m. nourbeSe Philip

Inventing derelict tongues of refusal, m. nourbeSe philip breaks open and reimagines the horror of official speech and how it acts, creating a genre-obliterating poetry.

Christina Sharpe

Recalibrating images of black existence, Christina Sharpe’s incisive, multi-layered work demands that we wrestle with brutality as we create meaning through language and art.

Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib turns a poet’s gaze toward cultural archives, finds grace in the kinetic energy of performing bodies, and shows us how to find joy and generosity in unlikely places.

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